The discussion took place on January 8, 2014, and was presided and moderated by Padmashree Awardee Dr M Mahadevappa, director, JSS Rural Development Foundation, Mysore and Ex-Vice Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad.
The panel members included, Dr B Sesikeran, former director, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad; Dr K K Narayanan, MD, Metahelix Life Science, Bangalore; Dr Ashwath c, head of division, IIHR, Bangalore; Dr T M Manjunath, consultant, agri-biotechnology and integrated pest management, Bangalore; Dr P H Ramanjini Gowda, professor of biotechnology, GKVK, among others.
The welcome note was delivered by Dr M A Shankar, director of research, UAS, GKVK, Bangalore.
Dr Sesikeran said that genetic modification has been happening in the nature for a long time. "There are lot of genes moving from one plant to another and from people to people. Now through Science, humans can specifically pick out a gene from one source and put it in another one for our own advantage."
He further added stating that when a technology is introduced, we need to find out its potential for the society and run a risk-benefit analysis. "We need to check how beneficial it'd be to our farmers and the possible harm it might cause to humans, animals and the environment," he said.